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A young child has died from the bacterial illness meningococcal disease.

The WA Health Department have reported the death of the child, who is the 12th person to develop the disease this year.

The department said it had identified close contacts of the child and provided them with information, and where appropriate antibiotics and a vaccine, to minimise the chances that the organism might be passed on to others.

The peak time for infection is July to September.


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Recent cases of meningococcal


Meningococcal disease is a rare, life-threatening illness caused by a bacterial infection of the blood or the membranes that line the spinal cord and brain, and occasionally large joints.

Seventeen cases were reported last year, and the disease occurs more commonly in winter and spring. Invasive meningococcal infection is most common in babies and young children.

SYMPTOMS

The signs to look out for are: (via Meningococcal Australia)
• fever
• nausea/vomiting
• lack of energy
• tiredness/drowsiness
• confusion
• irritability or agitation
• a sore throat

Other symptoms include

•backache
•stiff or painful neck
•sensitivity to light
•twitching or convulsions

If anyone suspects meningococcal disease, they should see a doctor immediately and return if symptoms worsen.

Please be aware of the symptoms.

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  • How sad !

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  • Very sad to hear ,thinking of the parents at this sad time.

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  • Some people with limited access to medical services may not even know the vaccine exists. That also applies to people living in isolated areas.

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  • So sad to hear this is still such a problem . Wouldn’t it be nice if this could be vaccinated against?

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  • So many cases of meningococcal disease lately. Terrible. :-(

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  • That’s so sad. RIP little one. My thoughts are with her family

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  • My Grandmother lost her 4 yr old daughter to meningococcal and she was always freaful whenever we would get an earache as thats how it started with her.

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  • so sorry to hear this, my neice had it when she was 9 months old and spent a week and a bit in hospital then made a stunning recovery with the help of drs and medication of course she is now a healthy smart little girl with no problems.

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  • Every sympathy to the poor family.


    • Thank you for sharing this with the community and for raising awareness of this terrible disease. Again, every sympathy to the family at such a terrible time.

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  • This disease is so very scary. My condolences to the family.

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